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Leaked: New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) coming January?

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Lenovo may be working on a new version of its iconic ThinkPad, with a high-spec notebook tipped to debut next month.

Apparent documentation for a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) has been leaked online via China’s Benchlife blog. The article includes two images that seemingly detail the new laptop’s specs, and suggests that we’ll see the device launch in Las Vegas in January. Unfortunately, we can’t verify this leak, so take the following information with due caution.

According to the leak, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon will retain its sleek and professional design, but will be 6% lighter and 8% smaller – weighing in at 1.14kgs with a depth of 15.95mm.

The display is tipped to measure 14-inches (with very slim bezels), and will be available in either a Full HD Touch option, or with a more pixel-dense WQHD alternative. Other optional add-ons are reported to include an IR camera, 4G/LTE-A connectivity, and a silver colour variant.

The leaked images also claim the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) will feature 1TB of PCIe storage, two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and a new 7th-gen Intel Core i processor. And battery life is tipped to be as long as 15.5 hours – it’s not clear under what parameters this may have been tested, however.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a high-end laptop that was first released by Lenovo back in 2012 – and has been updated yearly since 2014. It’s generally seen as the flagship Lenovo ThinkPad, owing to its high-grade hardware and slick design. The most recent ThinkPad X1 Carbon was announced at CES 2016, so it’s no surprise that a new version is being pegged for CES 2017 – next month’s annual Vegas-based technology convention.

However, we won’t be able to confirm any such details until CES 2017 rolls around, so stay tuned.

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What would you like to see from Lenovo's next ThinkPad X1 Carbon? Let us know in the comments.

RoseFlorida

December 25, 2016, 1:56 pm

The first thing I would like to see is not going to happen. You know the track point? I rely on it. In fact I would like to see two track points, one for each index finger. It would help us touch typists who do not like to move our hands off the home keys too much.

Otherwise will rely on Lenovo for the latest specs - not older memory for example that the current generation has. I am not big on "legacy" and am willing to carry around the odd adapter. Thinner bezel can lead to slightly smaller footprint or slightly larger screen. Seems that Lenovo may opt to do both a little and that is fine by me, even if that means less protection for the screen if it is dropped.

I will buy the new version as soon as it is available, assuming that Lenovo doesn't do anything foolish!

Moonchild

December 26, 2016, 8:48 pm

What's the point of an ultraportable laptop that you just drop inside your bag and carry around all day with ease if you have to drop a couple dongles every time as well ?

RoseFlorida

December 26, 2016, 9:11 pm

I figure over time the need for the dongles will disappear as the new standards take over. That might be too optimistic.

Moonchild

December 27, 2016, 12:08 pm

I don't like being the pessimistic guy, but I think it is. I'm still using VGA projectors for example, and there is no way I would prefer to have only internal memory on my phone instead of an microsd card that I can just pop out and save my files when my phone dies. Same goes for DSLRs. What is better, an internal storage that fills up and then you have to empty it in order to shoot more photos, or a removable sd card that you just slide out and put a second empty one in ?

RoseFlorida

December 27, 2016, 1:22 pm

For business use yes, if you are going to give a presentation better be prepared for VGA. External memory is useful but I don't find DVD drives to be essential. There is also something called "settlement of the mind". I hate the routine of trying to plug in a USB anything and invariably choosing the wrong way - right from the very first version - I wondered why the designers had never heard of the Japanese idea that a car key should work no matter which orientation you choose. If you can give me a port that works either way then take a hammer to any other USB device and exterminate it so that there is no chance that I ever will have to use one. I don't care if I can't give the presentation and lose the deal, I want to preserve my sanity. ("Rugged" usb devices I find useless too. They might survive a drop to the floor, a flood, or being stepped on, but have them plugged in, sticking out the side of a laptop, and have someone accidentally bump into it and you get a nice bend and you are lucky if it survives straightening to get a cap on. I am hoping the smaller C fitting will result in a stiffer connection that does not damage so easily.)

Moonchild

December 27, 2016, 8:12 pm

Agreed on the dvd drives. But I have a 20$ mechanical keyboard for example that obviously uses 3.0 and I have no intention to change it. Also you might be surprised but I almost never plug a usb device the other way around anymore. Here is the secret: the plastic part of the male plug goes on the bottom. Just look at the connector before you plug it in and half of it is covered in plastic. That side is down and you can tell that even if the usb logo( which indicates the way up) is scratched off for example.

Forcing me to adapt to a connector that is superior, but superior in ways that I mostly don't care about is a rather dump thing to do. I mean who needs thunderbolt 3 speeds for anything but a razer core ? My usb sticks don't even reach usb 3.0 write speeds.

JLinNation

December 30, 2016, 10:15 am

they need to move the SD card reader back to the side of the laptop. Instead of Micro, should be standard size.

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